PM urges for drastic measures to cope with COVID-19 spread

Friday, 2020-03-27 15:26:52
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Youth Union members in Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak province provide information on COVID-19 prevention and control to local residents. (Photo: NDO/Nguyen Cong Ly)
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NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued Directive No. 15/CT-TTg on March 27, requesting the drastic implementation of strong measures to prevent and control COVID-19 amidst the complex development of the disease.

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Accordingly, the PM requested local authorities to restrict crowded gatherings from 0:00 on March 28 until April 15.

In his document, PM Phuc ordered the suspension of all meetings and events with more than 20 people, as well as strictly restricting religious rituals and all cultural, sports and recreational activities in public places.

He also ordered a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people outside of offices, schools and hospitals, while requiring all residents to maintain a minimum distance of 2 m from each other in public places.

He demanded a suspension of non-essential services, except for those selling food and essential goods, as well as limiting travel, especially from provinces and cities hit by the epidemic to other localities.

Operation of public transport must be halted or reorganised, while flights transferring passengers from/to the two major cities – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – should be reduced, the leader said.

Stores in Hanoi have closed in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo: NDO/Duy Linh)

Each citizen is a “soldier” in COVID-19 fight

While calling the people to be calm and place their trust in and full support of the Government’s epidemic prevention and control measures, PM Phuc also urged every citizen to become a “soldier” to prevent and repel the disease.

The Government leader urged people to skip gatherings, stay indoors and only go out for essentials, while washing hands frequently, wearing masks in public places and increasing health protection measures.

Affirming that the protection of people's health is the ultimate priority PM Phuc urged authorities and people at all levels to continue to thoroughly grasp the spirit of "fighting against COVID-19 like fighting against the enemy", accepting economic damage to prevent and fight the epidemic.

He called on a higher level of determination and more efforts to implement strategies to prevent and control the epidemic, while accelerating measures for the early detection of sources of infection, timely isolation, rapid zoning and thorough epidemic suppression.

Vietnam determined to control COVID-19 infections at lower than 1,000 cases

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaking at the meeting. (Photo: VGP)

Speaking at an online meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on March 27, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam affirmed that Vietnam has deployed drastic measures to control the disease spread and is determined to not let infection cases rise to 1,000.

Dam, who is also the head of the national steering committee, said some forecast that Vietnam will have had 1,000 people test positive for SARS-CoV-2 by March 31. However, this figure is calculated based on the speed of the virus spread in the world as statistics show that the average time for the number of COVID-19 cases to rise from 100 to 1,000 in the world is nine days. By taking concerted and effective measures, he asserted that Vietnam has had good control of the pandemic, and it won’t have had 1,000 infection cases by March 31.

If each person seriously complies with directions by the Party, the Government and the steering committee, and follows the health agencies’ recommendations, the country will definitely succeed as during the first phase of the COVID-19 fight, he said, adding that it is determined to limit the number of cases at less than 1,000.

At its meeting, the committee reported that as of Friday morning, Vietnam had recorded 153 positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 (which causes COVID-19), 17 of whom had fully recovered. Later the same day, three more cases in Da Nang city were also discharged from hospital, raising the total number of recovery to 20.